The sun shone brightly on the stars of the BA(Hons) Key Stage 2/3 Religious Education degree course as they were awarded their degrees and celebrated their achievements. As the self proclaimed ‘Best RE class ever!’ the 14 graduands were awarded their degree by the Chancellor, Professor Tanya Byrom, describing Edge Hill graduates as “not only ‘Outstanding’, but ‘Exceptional’!”
This indeed was our best year yet for Undergraduate RE students, with a third of graduates achieving a First class degree – and another half getting a II:i classification. One student, Chris Lawson, received a special award for the highest mark in the Faculty for a dissertation. His study of primary to secondary transition in Catholic RE departments is likely to be published soon. Almost two-thirds of the group were judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in their final teaching practice and most have already secured employment for the next academic term – in primary and secondary settings.
PGCE students from Edge Hill Celebrated their achievements with their Graduation Ceremony. This year’s PGCE results were fantastic with everyone being rated at least ‘Good’ on their teaching practice and 94% ‘Outstanding’ Around three-quarters of the group already have Masters-level credits which they can take forward to their MA or MEd studies.
It was made an even more special occasion by two doctoral appearances – Mayer, a holocaust survivor who has been speaking to Edge Hill RE trainees since the first years of the course was awarded an honorary Doctorate. It was also the first outing for Dr. Farrell’s Tudor Bonnet!!
Members of the RE team at Edge Hill have been busy presenting the findings of their research at conferences up and down the country. Paul has presented his work on Using Twitter with undergraduates at the SOLSTICE conference at Edge Hill. At the CLIS Conference at Edge Hill Francis presented some of the early findings of his investigation into the attitudes and perceptions of boys in Skelmersdale and Maggie shared a paper on Learning through the socail media site Second Life. Paul has also presented some collaborative work with Emma McVittie, on Using Guided Imagery to develop Spirituality at the International Childrens’ Spirituality Conference at UEA and the AULRE conference at St. Mary’s Twickenham.
Phil completed his PGCE in RE at Edge Hill in 2009. He is now a Deputy House Leader at Our Lady’s RE Sports College. He is a Curriculum Mentor and has worked with Postgraduate and Undergraduate students.